Q&A on Collecting: Victorian-era side chair has handmade needlepoint seat cover

Anne McCollam answers readers’ questions about the value of their antiques.
By Anne McCollam, For The Oklahoman Published: March 31, 2014
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Q&A on Collecting

Chair has needlepoint cover

Q: This is a photo of my grandmother's chair. She made the needlepoint cover on the seat. Both the needlepoint and chair are in excellent condition.

Anything you can tell me about the style, age and value of the chair will be appreciated.

A: You have a late Victorian side chair. The demi arms, round seat, reeded and slightly splayed/fanned styles, turned legs and stretchers represent furniture design popular around 1870. The demi arms were made to accommodate bustles, and the round seats were caned or decorated with a cushion and needlepoint. Your chair was factory-made and constructed of several different types of wood.

Similar side chairs can be found selling in the range of $100 to $150.

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the back of a porcelain cake plate I inherited. The plate is decorated with pastel flowers against a white background and trimmed in gold. It measures approximately 10 inches in diameter and is in perfect condition. Included with the mark are the words “Wild Rose — E & R — Est. 1886.”

I plan to pass my plate on to my daughter and would like to learn more about the maker, vintage and value.